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Super Mario Odyssey (JP) is the latest entry in the Mario series and returns to a nonlinear approach like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario 64 DS to explore levels inspired by real-life locations. It was released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on October 27, 2017.
The plot is about Bowser stealing Princess Peach and attempting to marry her. He travels across the world and Mario chases after him in his flying hat airship named the Odyssey. Mario comes across Cappy, who possesses his hat to help him fight Bowser and save his sister Tiara, whom Bowser has also kidnapped.
Bowser enlists the help of the Broodals to help plan his wedding and beat Mario. Each level is a part in preparation for Bowser's wedding. For instance, the Wooded Kingdom is holding a greenhouse where Bowser is growing the bouquet.
It is known that Mario will retain his moves from the previous 3D games, among them the Triple Jump, the Long Jump, the Roll, the Ground Pound, and the Dive, the latter of which hasn't been in the series since Super Mario 64 DS. He will also be wearing Cappy, which he can throw like a boomerang, and he can also jump off of it in mid-air as if it were a platform.
However, Cappy's main feature is turning Mario into whatever Mario throws him on including enemies. Coins have changed wildly in this version. Regular coins are now used to buy costumes and items at Crazy Cap stores. Each Kingdom also has 50-100 of their own purple currency named Regional Coins.
A second player can join the game anytime. Player 2 controls Cappy, who can move freely without Mario's control while spinning to hit anything he crosses. Cappy can jump with the X button, and with Y to look around.
Mario can wear a variety of costumes with most purchasable in Crazy Cap stores. These are listed in the List of Costumes in Super Mario Odyssey.
The Super Mario Odyssey series of amiibo will be released alongside the game, as well as all previously released amiibo being compatible. The following are:
- Mario (Wedding Outfit) - Grants you invisibility for a short time.
- Peach (Wedding Outfit) - Gives you a Life-Up Heart.
- Bowser (Wedding Oufit) - Indicates the location of local currencies.
|Mushroom Kingdom||Peach's Castle|
|Cascade Kingdom||Fossil Falls|
|Lake Kingdom||Lake Lamode|
|Wooded Kingdom||Steam Gardens|
|Cloud Kingdom||Nimbus Arena|
|Lost Kingdom||Forgotten Isle|
|Metro Kingdom||New Donk City|
|Luncheon Kingdom||Mount Volbono|
|Bowser's Kingdom||Bowser's Castle|
|Moon Kingdom||Honeylune Ridge|
|Dark Side||Rabbit Ridge|
|Darker Side||Culmina Crater|
- Princess Peach
- The Toad Brigade
- Uncle amiibo
- Lord of Lightning
- Local residents
- Koopa Troopas
- Little Birds
- Micro Goombas
- Goomba Towers
- Chargin' Chucks
- Urban Stingbies
- Bullet Bills
- Bill Blasters
- Banzai Bills
- Cheep Cheeps
- Fishin' Lakitus
- Fire Piranha Plants
- Poison Piranha Plants
- Big Poison Piranha Plant
- Soirée Bouquet
- Fire Bros.
- Chain Chomps
- Big Chain Chomps
- Oil Drums
- Spike Bars
Items and objects
- Regional Coins
- City Coins (Metro Kingdom)
- Pyramid Coins (Sand Kingdom)
- ? Blocks
- Brick Blocks
- Checkpoint Flags
- Life-Up Hearts
- Moon Shards / Moon fragments
- Multi Moons
- Power Moons
- Rainbow Notes
- Safety Bars
- Sand Geysers
- Treasure chests
- Warp Pipes
- The Odyssey
Development began after Super Mario 3D World released in 2013. For example, the team found that throwing a hat was the best action to perform with the Joy-Con controller, resulting in the hat "capture" game mechanic.
They wanted a familiar aspect of the series to anchor players in the novel setting, and so chose Pauline to be the mayor of the world known as New Donk City. Their character development of Pauline led to Odyssey's theme song, "Jump Up, Super Star!", the first Super Mario theme with vocals, being performed by her voice actress. Some of Mario's costume options reference the character's costumes in prior games of the series, such as Mario's Picross and Super Mario Maker. The lack of required Power Moons for game progression gives players to explore at ther leisure.
Super Mario Odyssey received widespread acclaim when it was shown at E3 2017. The BBC wrote that Odyssey was a capstone on "Nintendo's triumphant comeback", following its success with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild earlier in 2017. USgamer's editor-in-chief liked the structure of small platforming challenges within the Sand Kingdom's sandbox world but complained that Odyssey lacked in gameplay execution, with missions in the New Donk City level that felt "slow and boring". She praised Nintendo for experimenting rather than re-creating Super Mario Galaxy.
Andrew Webster of The Verge thought that the structure of the game lent itself well to the portable nature of the Switch, which players could play for either long sessions in order to follow the missions, or in short bursts while collecting "Power Moons", which the author compared to the "shrines" in Breath of the Wild, which were hidden mini-dungeons scattered throughout the world. Despite the praise, Webster noted that the motion controls "felt frustratingly imprecise", preferring the accuracy of standard controls.
Super Mario Odyssey received widespread universal acclaim from critics. Metacritic calculated an average score of 97 out of 100.
The game is Metacritic's fifth-highest rated, tied with a number of others. Edgemagazine awarded Super Mario Odyssey with a perfect score, directing praise towards the inventiveness of the game's new ideas and the risks Nintendo had taken to deviate from the establish formula of Mario games, which they felt had paid off.
Famitsu gave the game a score of 39/40, the same as Super Mario 64 and the highest score for a 3D Mario game since then. IGN gave the game a score of 10/10, stating that the game "distills the venerable series’ joyful, irreverent world and characters and best-in-class platforming action, and introduces a steady stream of new and unexpected mechanics."
GameSpot awarded the game a 10/10 and stated that "Mario's latest outing is big, bold, and bursting with new ideas, and like Breath of the Wild, is another instance of Nintendo going above and beyond to redefine our expectations".
For a limited time, a Super Mario Odyssey-themed Nintendo Switch Bundle is available on the games release which includes the following:
- The Nintendo Switch console
- Red collored Left and Right Joy-Con controllers
- A download code for the full Super Mario Odyssey game
- A Nintendo Switch carrying case
- A Nintendo Switch Dock
It was revealed that Super Mario Odyssey sold more than 2 million copies worldwide in 3 days on the market. In five days it sold 1.1 million in North America alone.
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- Super Mario Odyssey at Nintendo.com